RV Frustrations, but it will be just fine, some day, I hope soooon

Does anyone want to read about my RV frustrations?  I doubt it, but I must write, the only slightly unusual thing about my scribbles is that I am a young 75 year old single woman doing what I can to have a good life on my own in a 27 year old class C RV called GG which provides plenty of frustrations for me.

It’s just that things don’t work as they should, or did, either in the RV…… or in me.

I try to remain respectful of our mutual aged-ness.

I set my foot carefully on the top of the couch back,  I leap up and hoist myself up to my loft, (over the cab) I can sit crouched low or prone  because I have no head room to sit upright,  but it’s a comfy place to read  just lying there, flat with the ceiling 10 inches  over me. IMG_0188

The temperature  between the loft and downstairs is not the same as heat flows up and at night I set the heater at 68 so it doesn’t overheat the loft where I sleep, until I need a bathroom break and climb back down, (I’ve only slide down abruptly a few times, (no damage, a few more scuff marks on my thin skin) and its darn chilly downstairs and cold in the bathroom…….

oh, the bathroom, that is a frustration.  It is so small, it should be an easy place to maintain and decorate but it is a tiny room mess.  I had the big heavy broken mirrored useless shelf system removed and it left a  pock marked cardboard-like wall that I’ve tried to fix. I sprayed the wall and got a mist of paint over everything, not a good idea.IMG_0220IMG_0218

I wanted to add my art tiles on the wall similar to those I put around my bathroom door but some of the tiles had resin drips on the back so they didn’t lay flat and the wall was not flat either, probably never was flat or smooth.  The adhesive I used was great around the door and is the same I used for the floor tiles but what a mess they made on this wall. Everything was sticky everything that I touched was sticky and the tiles just kept falling down.

I  tried again and again to keep those tiles hanging but finally gave up and hung a painting beside the few tiles that remained.  Some tiles were place holders for new images, the other tiles were such a sticky mess I had to toss them out… and they were very pretty tiles. Now I’m thinking to put up some wall coverings or even plaster the wall. Days later and the wall is still sticky.

Then my fridge stopped working.  It hadn’t worked on electric power for me at all but was working perfectly on propane, until yesterday.

Called an expert, he said it had 27 good years.

RV fridges are very expensive as they run on both electric and propane, they run about  $$1700.  It was suggested that I just get a regular fridge one that only works on electric , less expensive but it  would  tether me to RV camps, unable to camp without amenities on public lands.

I did not start this life’s chapter to live in a campground where you are one of hundreds of rv’s parked close together. NO

So I started looking for used RV fridges, RV parts, and finally went to ebay and found a slightly damaged new RV fridge at half price, it will cost me about $1000 to get it, have it  shipped from Waco TX and installed but I think I found a good deal. OJALA ! (which I  exclaim in a most ungodly manner)

Have I mentioned that my hot water heater is down again?

But my oven works

And my smoke alarm works again and again and again.

Nice Exchange of Skills

image_566198487508049A neighbor helping me to do some repairs on my RV complained of back pain. I asked if he’d tried acupuncture and he had not. so I offered to give him treatments in exchange for his help.

Word got out in the RV park of the plan and the next day I had 5 women and one man in a circle with needles placed for various concerns and my RV is now level for the first time.  But the neighbor was not one of them, scared of needles!

Close Encounters

It looks very nice inside but the information on it is very scant.  Does it need new tires?  Does it even run?  Questions to consider before hitting the bid button.
‘reserve not made’
It’s my only hope
Please someone bid higher than $9,200 I need to be outbid  before 11 hours when the bidding is over.
What was I thinking?
Was it the wine
31 feet,
I’ll be  on pins and needles until bidding is over in 11 hours.
I suppose if I  back out of this situation  ( or even be able to back up this rig, ) they won’t let me bid anymore,
E bay will be mad  the owner will be mad and I’m mad at myself.
I’d never bid or even  been on the E bay site  before my MacBook Pro died  and I needed a computer  I bought my MacBook refurbished on E-bay I didn’t know that the back light on the keys made such a difference and sent it back for a new MacBook Air, it’s fine but has a cheap cord. que pasa con Apple??
I saw where another woman, older than I, who bought her rig on E bay site unseen and is very happy with her choice.  Don’t know what her family thought about that, I’m pretty  sure what mine would think, I hope I never have to tell my kids about this,  I don’t think they read here.so I may get away with this  situation. .It would reinforce their concerns about my ability to manage living alone and driving  a RV.
I have a surprise for them,  I may not be alone.  Now  it would be nice if  it was a big strong man traveling with me to do all the tough stuff but no, she is a strong woman with whom I may be sharing the tough stuff.  She is my adventure seeking sister in-law who loves  nature, is up to take a  road less traveled,  is strong and is in the same financial situation I’m in.  Not a good place to be in at our age, life happens and here we are in a difficult pocket of time. ( not sure what that means but I like how it sounds.)
Finding a situation where there are 2 comfortable sleeping areas is a concern.  Two woman traveling together, living together need some separation and privacy but these RV’s are not made for 2 people who are not sleeping  in  the same bed.

OMG my bid has been removed and I am no longer responsible for this 31 foot  home.  Help has arrived! I thank the dealer who forgave me, he even thanked me for letting him know there was a problem.  The problem being me. I told a lie I must admit, I accused my batty Mother of making this ridiculous order, I have to watch her every moment!

 

It Took me 6 Months to Get Moving

It took me almost 6 months but it has finally happened, I’m on the road in my 22 foot RV.

I have everything I own in this small space, between gifting, selling, and a few items with my sister this is all I have left, probably more than I need. I’m super downsized! It helps that I don’t get attached to stuff.
Now I have think about what comes next.

So far I only have planned to go to VA to visit family. While there I want to correct, clean, paint and fix everything that doesn’t function as it should before I leave again for unknown places,

I’d love to stay on the west coast where there are so many public lands that allow boondoggling.
I’m in Arkansas staying in Ron Coleman’s Mine and I ‘m going to dig for crystals and maybe take a zip ride over the mine in the morning.to get here it   took a whole tank of gas to get here but I put my trust in google maps to get me here, ( though I think I saw the same place several times!) I hoped it would be worth the gas money.

I’ve only traveled 284 miles of the 1300 miles to Fredricksburg VA,

I think I fried my inverter,  it shouted a fierce screeching noise. What to do?

Black tank!Ugly Thoughts

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Last week I took my RV to RV Specialists in Plano TX to  finally find out why the dark water tank lever wouldn’t open to be emptied.

It took 4 hours at 145.00/hr at a RV center in Plano TX to fix.  $750.00

On the  one hand I was real worried that it would be found un-fixable and then what would I do. on the other hand I had no choice but to fix it cost what it may.

A few days later I stopped at the same RV specialists to ask how to light my refrigerator because I had not been able to get it working.

The “boss” stormed out of his office and said I could have 10 minutes with a specialist.

I admit, I had ugly thoughts about this man, my RV was not welcome because it was a humble RV, nothing like those on the lot and he didn’t want to be bothered by me or my RV.

The tech was great and solved my dilemma. It was a simple thing as I suspected but propane scares me and I wanted to be sure I did it right.

I Have One Solar Panel- is it working?

IMG_0018I have one solar panel. Not sure if it is doing anything for me as I don’t know how to read the gauge. I think it is a simple thing to do but I haven’t read enough about this type of monitor to understand how to use the meter yet, but I will soon, it’s on my ‘list of things I need to learn’ soon. together with  my hot water tank, why some lights don’t light and did I ruin the whatchamacallit, does it  matter that I removed the TV?

My baby needs to be washed and waxed, that’s going to be tough to do as she is taller than I am.

GG needs repairs to the damaged exterior that I made getting too close to something.

I’ve knocked down two mailboxes and backed into a park electric and water post. That was dramatic, I was almost in tears, didn’t notice anything until I got out of the truck and saw the water spewing up in the air. I do have a backup camera but it was almost dark and didn’t help me.
I had a tire monitoring system for my tires but both men that worked on my rv laughed and said all I needed was the simple air tester and sold me an extra long one to reach the inside tires.

One less thing to think about, plus I have brand new tires.